Success Stories

If you join the family at Crossfit Dawn, we take your membership seriously. And we firmly believe that we’re successful when you’re successful.

One of the things we love to do at Crossfit Dawn is… celebrate!

Our members come to our gym for a number of reasons. They want to lose fat. They hope to gain muscle mass. They want to ready themselves for the summer season. They want to train for a specific sport. But, ultimately, they want to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In our experience we have found that no two members are alike.

Different goals, different strategies for reaching those goals, and different outcomes along the way. We meet you where you are, an celebrate as you get to where you’re going.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of our member success stories below.

Aiva

1 years doing crossfit

What’s your age?
27
How long have you been doing Crossfit?
Just about a year.

Who or what persuaded you to try?
Had some major changes in my life that pushed me to invest in myself before anyone else.

How often do you usually WOD a week?
5 times.
What did you think of Crossfit before you started doing it? Has that impression changed?
I don’t remember how I found out about crossfit in the first place but I fell in love with it. I loved the idea of being strong, getting in shape and still having an option to eat. Initially I thought coming to do crossfit would be an easy fix for my weight; but it is not as easy as people claim online. There is no quick fix! You get as much out as you put in during your workouts and it takes time to give your all. Impression changed in the sense that crossfit is not just about coming few times a week for your workouts. It is a package of community, friendships, hard work and nutrition(super important)outside of the box.

What keeps you coming back each week?
It sets me up for the day. Also, amazing feeling you get after finishing daily WOD.

Did you have a sporting background before? If so what? If not, what’s different about Crossfit?
I used to play basketball but other than that I had no love for sport. Crossfit is individual to each person’s abilities, some workouts are easier and some are harder.

What’s been your favourite favourite workout / exercise so far?
At the moment Grace.

What’s surprised you about Crossfit?
It is slowly taking over my life and my wardrobe.

What do you hope to achieve with Crossfit in 2017?
Get my first strict pull up/ push up.

If you could give only one piece of advice to a new crossfitter what would it be?
Just keep showing up 🙂

Aiva

Dan

1 years doing crossfit

What’s your age?
29

How long have you been doing Crossfit?
About 8 months now!

Who or what persuaded you to try?
In February last year I was 32 stone! After being generally fed up and after hearing some harsh but caring and fair truths from friends I finally woke up and realised I needed to change my life drastically! I managed to change my diet first of all and lost a bit of weight stone but I knew I needed to get serious, step it up and add some exercise. It was Ainsley who convinced me to come and see Arend one Sunday afternoon and I originally started just doing the half hour hiit classes with him! It was the first real exercise I had done in years so was a real shock to my system! The first week my body was in so much pain! But good pain that actually somehow got better the more I worked out! Soon after my first session Arend suggested I started coming to the full CrossFit classes and 7 stone and 10 months later I haven’t really looked back and am the fittest and strongest I have been in years!

How often do you usually WOD a week?
I started trying for a minimum of 3 times a week but the past few weeks I’ve stepped it up to between 4-5!

What did you think of Crossfit before you started doing it? Has that impression changed?
Honestly, I thought it was just a fitness fad for already uber fit people to boost their ego’s some more! I wasn’t really an advocate for exercise of any sorts 12 months ago let alone what looked like tough competition style exercise to see who was the best at it!

That impression has now completely changed of course! CrossFit is genuinely for anyone, regardless of age or fitness ability! Especially at CrossFit dawn! There are people of all abilities and ages in all the classes and it’s become a really fun, relaxed super friendly community! Think Average Joe’s in dodgeball!

What keeps you coming back each week?
Obviously I am still on my journey trying to sort my life out, but that’s just an added bonus now to be honest! Scarily I think I actually really enjoy it now! I still dread walking up to the white board every session don’t get me wrong! But as horrifically cliche as it sounds, the fun I have and the people I hang out with there help alleviate that fear very quickly!

Did you have a sporting background before? If so what? If not, what’s different about Crossfit?
Yes a long time ago though! Back in school I played every sport imaginable, and I wasn’t that bad at them either! But then I broke my foot, finished school and after a number of various other ‘excuses’ just spiralled into the most unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle possible! I see CrossFit as the gateway to helping me get my life back and will hopefully also help me get back into other sports! I have already started playing some tennis and badminton! I can always see CrossFit being a constant in my life from now on though whatever else I do!

What’s been your favourite favourite workout / exercise so far?
Hard to pick a favourite as it’s so varied I rarely remember the names or what I did! My favourite exercises though are deadlifts and kettlebell swings mainly because I am half decent at them! But I really enjoy anything using the bar and also do ‘enjoy’ rowing occasionally!

What’s surprised you about Crossfit?
How unpretentious and down to earth it and the people that do it are! There are no snobs that get annoyed when it takes me 5 minutes longer to do the same workout they’ve just finished, in fact it’s the total opposite, the athletes at CFDAWN stay and cheer me along till I finish! I’m also surprised how quickly you pick everything up and the speed in which you seem to get hooked on it all!

What do you hope to achieve with Crossfit in 2017?
2017 will be the year I fully take back my life! I will get to my targeted healthy weight and have the body and fitness levels I could only have dreamed of for the last few years! I say that confidently as well as I intend to keep CrossFitting and keep up my new found lifestyle which means it will happen!

The improvement I have seen already in just over half a year is drastic! I can now do a few proper push-ups, proper sit-ups and in the last few weeks I have even managed to start doing something that roughly resembles a proper burpee!! All things that once seemed impossible to me!

I want to keep getting fitter and stronger and who knows, I may even hopefully rediscover my competitive edge and get involved in some of the upcoming competitions that are planned!

If you could give only one piece of advice to a new crossfitter what would it be?
Take a deep breath, drag yourself along and turn up that first time whatever it takes! Going along to my first ever session was one of the hardest things I have done! I was full of anxiety and fear of embarrassing myself with my disgraceful lack of fitness. All of that was gone within minutes of first talking to Arend the head coach and doing my first few squats of course!

Dan

Glen

1 years doing crossfit

What’s your age?
27

How long have you been doing Crossfit?
Started late April 16, so about 8 months.

Who or what persuaded you to try?
My good friend Shaun knew coach Arend through gym in the city. He told me I should go along to X-fit as it was opening in the area I live. I met Arend at Shaun’s B’day drinks and then stunned him when i actually showed up to class not to long after.

How often do you usually WOD a week?
I aim for 5 WOD’s plus lifting class. Some weeks life happens, as it does, and you get 4.

What did you think of Crossfit before you started doing it? Has that impression changed?
I honestly did not know an awful lot about crossfit before joining CrossFit Dawn, I knew it involved a mixture of lifting and cardio activity. I thought it looked hard and scary, and as someone who just flat out sucks at the usual gym experience, I thought I would be bollocks at it. Since joining, it is still damn hard, but it’s not scary at all, it is in-fact incredibly fun and rewarding.

What keeps you coming back each week?

First and foremost, seeing improvements. Looking at that board at the end of every session, seeing what you did, how well you did it, and then knowing that next time you will be determined to smash that figure out of the park. The improvements in the shape and health of my body have been phenomenal and that is always a big plus. Secondly, the people, the community here at CrossFit Dawn, like I’m sure it is across most the country, is exceptional. 9 times out of 10 the best part of my day is turning up to the box saying hi to everyone, winding up Arend, and seeing everybody just be happy.

Did you have a sporting background before? If so what? If not, what’s different about Crossfit
When I was younger I used to play semi-pro football in New Zealand. I was fit, but most definitely not strong. Cue later university years, bad habits and a lack of commitment I became super unfit. I never really enjoyed being in the gym environment so mostly I just wouldn’t go. With Crossfit, you turn up, leave all the other stuff in your life outside the door, you work out with people you start to know, you work hard for a structured amount of time and at the end you drink your water have a laugh and go home a better person.

What’s been your favourite workout / exercise so far?
Anything that involves a rowing machine! No, I love FRAN. The two movements (Thruster and Pull-ups) i literally could not do on my first attempt. The challenge to get to a place where i can own these two movements is driving me to get better, faster, stronger.

What’s surprised you about Crossfit?
Honestly, how much it has changed my life overall, for the better, in more ways than just fitness.

What do you hope to achieve with Crossfit in 2017?
By the end of 2017, I want to be efficient and have great technique with all the lifting movements and potentially be able to look at entering comps. The dream is to be able to RX the Murph workout with a good time. Not to mention that I would love to just make more new friends!

If you could give only one piece of advice to a new crossfitter what would it be?
No matter what you think about your current state of fitness and health, just turn up. It’s worth it!

Glen

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